The new book, 101 Devotions for Busy Families (Carpenter’s Son/STL Distribution) by Tom Frye and the Frye Family Band has garnered endorsements from author Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as Caedmon’s Call member Andrew Osenga, and award-winning songwriter/producer Joe Beck. The book stems from the Frye family’s practical application of devotions, as well as their experience of homeschooling all three of their children since grade school.
“Having regular family devotions provides a sense of stability,” says Tom. “Over the years, we would read through scripture or a devotional and many times the text would speak directly to a need or situation, opening up opportunities for my wife Lisa and I to share in a very personal way with our children. Sometimes they would lead to the kids sharing thoughts or feelings which might have otherwise gone unspoken, and potentially festered beneath the surface. Devotions have brought not just the peace and stability of God's directing in our lives, but also helped build trust, understanding, and patience when dealing with those inside and outside our home. By practicing the discipline of leading our families in prayer and scripture reading, we model the importance of faithful leadership in our own homes.” FULL POST
Creation House Publishers’ Spanish publishing division, Casa Creacion, has announced that the book The Stained Glass Curtain: Crossing the Evangelical-Catholic Divide to Find our Common Heritage by Father Dimitri Sala will be translated into Spanish for distribution this fall. La Cortina de Vitrales: Cuando Penetramos la División entre Evangélicos y Católicos para Encontrar Nuestro Patrimonio Común will be available November 2013 in the U.S. and January 2014 in international markets. Father Sala, a Franciscan Friar-Priest involved full-time in evangelical preaching and apostolic ministry, believes this book fits perfectly with the message of the new pope.
“Pope Francis was greatly involved with and respected by Evangelicals in Argentina,” says Sala, “and there is a sense that Argentina is on the point of a new springtime for evangelism among Catholics who haven’t personally responded to the Good News and for unity among Christians. This could be an effectual door for all of Latin America.” FULL POST
Israel Today Ministries has launched an ambitious goal for their annual Christmas project. After eleven years of helping feed the poorest children in Israel, the organization’s 2013 “Feed Israel’s Children” Hanukkah/Christmas Project is being launched to feed 250 children from both Jewish and Arab families for an entire 12 months. Last year, Israel Today was able to sustain over fifty children aged 3 to 7 years old. But founder, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, says the need this year is overwhelming.
“No one understands the poverty of these kids unless they see if first-hand,” says Dr. Johnson, who often leads tours to the Holy Land. “These children come not only from impoverished homes, but also from abusive situations. They are sheltered five days per week where they receive two hot meals and a nutritious snack (which is more than they would get at home), educational enrichment and emotional support. Our efforts help children in both Jewish and Arab households." FULL POST
Christians puzzled by tough and hotly-argued issues such as human origins, atheism, and more will find help in April as NRB Network brings together some of the nation's top Christian apologists for the Know Truth Apologetics Conference.
The conference is Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 9 am to 6 pm at Christ Church Nashville, which is sponsoring the event along with NRB Network.
Attendees will find insights and answers from leading Christian apologists who will address these topics:
-Ray Bohlin, Ph.D., a Discovery Institute Fellow, on "Evidence for Design in Biology"
-William Dembski, Ph.D., a leading intelligent design thinker, on "The Scientific & Cultural Impact of Intelligent Design"
-Stuart McAllister, an apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, on "The Question of Meaning"
-Alex McFarland, an author and popular apologetics speaker, on "What You'll Hear Your Freshman Year"
-Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org, on "Why I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist"
-Dan Scott, Senior Pastor at Christ Church Nashville, on "Why Apologetics is Important to the Believer & The Church" FULL POST
Top 40 Billboard artist, author, and conference speaker Jennifer Shaw is releasing her new album entitled Someday during October’s National Sensory Awareness Month. To assist in efforts to bring awareness to sensory disorders and other special needs issues, Shaw is offering the song entitled “Your Child” as a free download to all special needs families during the month of October. Shaw's own son, Toby, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at an early age. In addition, a music video of the song is in the works and special needs families are encouraged to send in photos of their child for possible inclusion in the video. Shaw says she wants the video to include all types of special needs children.
“When Toby was diagnosed with SPD," says Shaw, "no one really knew because he was just this cute little boy and nothing was visible. Well-meaning people would give me parenting advice, thinking they were helping. What they didn't realize was that Toby was dealing with a very serious issue and his brain was telling him that grass was hurting his feet or bread was cutting his throat. He would scream in agony at things that wouldn't bother other children. One thing we want people to understand is that sometimes a child's special needs issue is visible and sometimes it isn't. Families that deal with special needs issues need to be supported and uplifted and we hope this song gives them a bit of encouragement." FULL POST
65 years ago, Ralph Carmichael changed the Church’s tune.
And he’s still making an impact on the music industry today.
In 2013, Ralph Carmichael will make history as the oldest conductor to embark on a 30-city tour across the U.S. But then, making history is something Ralph has been doing most of his career. He is affectionately known as the “Father of Contemporary Christian Music,” but his musical contributions have run the gamut over the past six decades. Ralph’s resume’ crosses all musical lines and includes many of the biggest names in music including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Tex Ritter, Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ralph composed music for some of television’s most beloved shows including “I Love Lucy”, “Roy Rogers & Dale Evans,” and “Bonanza.” He had a long time association with pianist Roger Williams with whom he scored the million-selling hit song, “Born Free,” which was made popular by the successful book and movie. FULL POST
The Monks of the Desert, who spend their daily hours praying for peace, working and studying in silence, have entered the realm of major label music production with their Sony MASTERWORKS debut album Blessings, Peace and Harmony which will be released on April 24, 2012.
Blessings, Peace and Harmony compiles selections from the Monks' four independent recordings of Gregorian chant, and also features four new chants recorded expressly for this new collection. Named after Pope Gregory I, Gregorian chant involves the early Christian liturgical music that originated in medieval times and forms the roots of Western classical music. Consisting solely of melody, the chants are sung unaccompanied and generally by small choral groups--and through the ages have continuously supplied listeners of all circumstances with a soothing sense of solace.
"The kind of singing that we do calms the spirit and helps us live in peace with our world and with one another," says Abbot Philip Lawrence, a scholar of chant who also leads the Monastery of Christ In The Desert - home to an American order of Benedictine monks from Abiquiu, New Mexico. "Chanting has some strange effect on the brain waves according to various studies," continues Abbot Philip, but this effect is certainly not the Monks of the Desert's objective; rather their goal, and that of Gregorian chant, notes Abbot Philip, is "to focus on the words rather than the challenge of voice production or sight reading. It is always our hope that our singing will bring others to peace, inner tranquility and an appreciation of beauty. These values can help create a world in which peace and tranquility prevail." FULL POST
The Partridge Family may have had the multi-colored bus, but the Frye Family Band opted for blue silos near their Indiana home instead. Though the former was a contrived Hollywood family band, the latter is the real deal, and the imagery on their new CD, Under Indiana Lights, reflects dad Tom's desire to change his own family tree.
As a young boy, Tom Frye grew up in an unstable household. His parents argued constantly and filed for divorce several times, but never followed through. Tension was part of daily life for young Tom, but he found solace from his bedroom window.
"I could look out my window and see three blue silos on a farm a mile away," says Tom. "I didn't know the people there, but blue has always been my favorite color, and the silos always seemed to have a calming effect on me, sort of an oasis. I remember wondering if life was normal there. My only two escapes seemed to be the blue silos and my hour with the Waltons, which helped me get a glimpse of what a family that loved each other looked like. Walking on egg shells was a normal and ever escalating part of life. I look back now and realize that I was always the peacemaker, thinking that if I could just work harder, or be better that I could fix my parents' problems. Of course, my efforts always fell short." FULL POST
New book outlines strategies to integrate Christian faith into the workplace
In a time when jobs are in short supply, Vice-president of Client Operations for the Xerox Corporation, Gary Blackard, has just released a book that advocates the Bible as the best guide available for both employees and business owners to survive and thrive in a competitive job market. Entitled Relevance in the Workplace: Using the Bible to impact your job (Intermedia), the book covers many areas related to business and employment success, using the Bible as the main resource. As a long-time executive for Xerox, Blackard has over 20 years experience working with Fortune 100 companies across the globe, and is founder of Eagle Peak Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business leaders in the U.S. and abroad integrate faith into their workplace.
"This is not a book just for leaders," says Blackard. "This is a book that will help anyone who is employed become better at their jobs and teach them to use the principles of the Bible in every day interactions and decision-making. If Christians work by the same principles they profess to believe, they can become indispensable to their employers. And likewise, when business owners apply those same principles, their businesses will have a greater chance of growing even in a down economy." FULL POST
Acts 413 Ministries seeks to help pastors and church leaders through various programs
Acts 413 Ministries held their first prayer gathering event in Philadelphia on Friday, August 20 and exceeded all their expectations. Nearly 3000 church leaders, staff and members attended the event, featuring speaker Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Jim Maxim, founder of Acts 413 and author of the new Whitaker House book, Face to Face with God, says the response shows the intense hunger the church has for prayer.
"We had pastors and leaders from every denomination in attendance," says Maxim. "We had to open up an extra room at the convention center to accommodate the people. It shows us that God's shepherds are hungry for revival and to pray for, and with, one another."
Acts 413 Ministries was formed by Maxim to "serve God's servants" through prayer and discreet ministerial support. Maxim, a successful businessman in the automotive industry, has felt a burden for many years to offer help to church pastors and their staffs. Recent statistics on pastors are alarming: FULL POST